Everything posted by Graceface
I decided to name the surviving adult female Xena, the warrior princess (since she is a fighter). She is doing well, though she seems scared of me 😢 She gets startled when I get around her, and doesn't like to be or seems reluctant to be handled. Her previous owner may not have handled her much if at all. I will win her over eventually with persistence and Blue Bottle Flies!
I plan on pairing her with Domenic for a first attempt at breeding on Monday. He is getting old at 9 wks mature, but I'm hoping he still has the right stuff to get the job done!
Anyone know what age male orchids lose fertility/potency? I will attempt a 2nd round either way with one of my freshly molted male when they are old enough.
Sad news: one of the females I received yesterday didn't make it. She died overnight. I knew it was coming, as she wouldn't eat or drink and was propping herself up with a raptorial arm, looking an inch from death. I tried my best to take good care of her in her last hours 😢
The other seems to have recovered from the cold journey and ate 3 BBFs yesterday afternoon before I went to work. This morning, she is happily hanging upside down from her enclosure lid, watching me with curiosity
Now, it's time to go feed some bugs
Me too 😭 She was in bad shape when she arrived; I thought she was dead. I had little hope she would survive, but tried my best to save her anyway. She was really pretty, she had yellow coloration which I hadn't seen in person yet
I'm happy the other seems to be doing okay, at least they aren't both dead.
Orchid update: I'm expecting 2 adult female Orchids tomorrow and I'm so excited! My newly molted males will have girlfriends after all! I haven't attempted any breeding yet, so this marks a new chapter for me in my mantis journey. Hoping to have good news to share in the next week about the results
Ghosts: No new adults yet, but Bellatrix is looking fatter than normal. How long will it take for her to start laying ooth? She hasn't been bred, as I have no adult males, but she has been adult for a month now